Nottinghamshire cricket hopeful caught drink driving

Court case
Court case

A cricketer from Skegness who is a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s cricket academy and plays for the team’s second eleven, has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting driving whilst disqualified and with excess alcohol.

Daniel Dominic Freeman, 19, who lives in one of the club’s houses at Holme Road in West Bridgeford, but whose home is in Skegness, admitted the offences, as well as driving without insurance, when he appeared before a district judge at Skegness Magistrates Court in Lincolnshire yesterday (Tuesday).

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said that at 1.45am on December 31 2014, Freeman was seen by police driving his mother’s VW Golf car in Tarran Way, Skegness.

After providing a positive breath test, he was arrested and immediately admitted to police that he was disqualified from driving and had no insurance.

A sample revealed that he had a reading of 82 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Mr Todd said Freeman had been disqualified from driving for 18 months for driving with excess alcohol just six months earlier in June 2014.

Mitigating for Freeman, Beris Brickles told District Judge Nalla Lawrence that he had played cricket at a high level in Lincolnshire but since he was 14, he had been an apprentice at Nottinghamshire CCC, was a member of their cricket academy and played in the second eleven.

“He has the prospect to play professionally,” he told the judge.

Asking the judge not to impose a custodial sentence, Mr Brickles said that Freeman had had no intention of driving but had responded to a telephone call from a girl he knew who had rung him.

Sentencing Freeman, Deputy District Judge Lawrence told him there was ‘no excuse whatsoever’ but that he did give him full credit for telling the police he was disqualified.

He told him that he was sure the original court had left him in no doubt as to the seriousness of the disqualification which had been imposed just six months before.

Freeman was given two terms of two months imprisonment concurrent, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and was disqualified from driving for a further period of three years.

He was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and £80 victim surcharge.